As Haas makes the jump to Formula 1, it’s a good time to look back on America’s most legendary, defiant, maybe even successful racing teams of the past.

I am a huge fan of Penske’s F1 effort in the ‘70s, which even got us a win at the ‘76 Austrian Grand Prix. The car was the Penske PC4, the driver was never-quite-champion John Watson from Northern Ireland.

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I got to get up close with the car this year at the Monterey Historics and it is as wonderful as you can imagine to see red white and blue on a Cosworth DFV-powered grand prix winner.

What American racing team do you think was the greatest?

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